Air Fryer Green Beans

The tastiest (and easiest) air fryer green beans recipe. They are so simple, delicious, crisp, fresh and tasty! The best keto side dish I have made yet and ready in less than 15 minutes.
Before jumping to the recipe please note that the below information contains HOT TIPS for this recipe. We try and answer all your questions to guarantee a perfect keto recipe every time.

These air fried green beans is a side dish the whole family will love! Don’t skimp on the lemon. Trust me you will thank me later.

Why Are Air Fried Green Beans So Good?

I love this keto side dish because it is quick and damn delicious! The recipe includes plenty of tips for getting the best result from your air fryer. Plus, I have also included steps to make it in the Thermomix or stovetop too.

It is low in carbs and roasted green beans are keto friendly.

This air fryer green beans recipe is perfect for entertaining, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. But, you know what it is a firm favourite with me all year round.


Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Fancy-looking and healthy: It looks pretty swishy but this is an easy recipe that anyone can make.
  • It’s easy: Minimal preparation is needed and the beans are cooked in under 10 minutes.
  • Naturally keto-friendly, low carb, and gluten free. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How many calories in green beans?

There are only 35 calories in 100g (3.5oz) green beans. Green beans are very low in calories.

How many carbs in green beans?

100g (3.5oz) green beans has 7 g totoal carbs per serve or 4g net carbs.

Are green beans keto friendly?

Green beans are low in carbs and keto friendly.

Can I cook green beans from a can in the air fryer?

Yes, you can. Cook at the same temperature as the recipe just half the time. You can also cook green beans frozen in the air fryer too.

Key Ingredients

Keep reading for more details on the ingredients, substitutes and instructions on how to make the best fresh green beans recipe.

Green beans ingredients on a grey background.
  • Green Beans – when choosing your beans pick fresh beans that smooth, green and snap easily when you bend them. Avoid beans that are grey, black or brown in colour.
  • Avocado oil – is a delicious oil that is perfect for baking and
  • Lemon – lemon juice and zest is the perfect marriage of flavours with green beans.

Chef’s Tips

Storage & Reheating

Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Reheat any beans in the microwave or air fryer until warmed through.

Freeze the beans preferably before frying but otherwise, they can be frozen after cooking. To reheat; defrost overnight and gently heat in a pan or microwave.

Substitutes

You can of course, leave out the feta and walnuts. I add them to make this simple side dish into something pretty fancy. You can swap the feta for parmesan, goat cheese or leave out completely for a dairy free vegan green bean recipe.

The walnuts can be leftout completely too.

How to Cook Green Beans in an Air Fryer

Green beans inside an air fryer basket.
  1. Preheat the air fryer to 180°C. Trim the ends of the beans and place them into a large mixing bowl. Add the avocado oil and garlic, toss to combine.
  2. Place into the air fryer basket in a single layer; bake 6-8 minutes shaking the beans halfway through the cooking time. Cook longer if you prefer your beans well cooked.
  3. Divide between serving plates or platter. Drizzle with lemon juice and serve topped with zest, nuts and feta.
Beans, feta and nuts on a grey ceramic platter.

Other Recipes

Want some great keto recipes to serve with green beans? Here are just a few of my favourites.

  1. Rolled Turkey Breast with Herb Stuffing
  2. Sugar-Free Keto Glazed Ham
  3. Sous Vide Wagyu Steak
  4. Salt and Pepper Seasoned King Fish
  5. Oven Baked Salmon in Foil
  6. Easy Keto Gravy

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Air Fryer Green Beans with feta and olives on a grey piece of pottery.

Green Beans in Air Fryer

The tastiest (and easiest) air fryer green beans. These are simple, delicious, crisp, fresh. and tasty! Seriously one of the best keto side dishes I have made!
4.99 from 54 votes!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
Total Time: 13 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Australian
Diet: Diabetic
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 105kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
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Servings: 4
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Ingredients

  • 200 g green beans, ends trimmed 7oz
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil 15g
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • Zest and juice of half a lemon
  • Salt flakes and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons crushed walnuts, or nuts of choice 10g
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta 30g

Instructions

AIR FRYER GREEN BEANS

  • Preheat the air fryer to 180°C. Trim the ends of the beans and place them into a large mixing bowl. Add the avocado oil and garlic, toss to combine.
  • Place into the air fryer basket in a single layer; bake 6-8 minutes shaking the beans halfway through the cooking time. Cook longer if you prefer your beans well cooked.
  • Divide between serving plates or platter. Drizzle with lemon juice and serve topped with zest, nuts and feta.

STOVETOP METHOD GREEN BEANS

  • Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Add the beans to the boiling water and cook for 1-3 minutes (as you prefer). Strain and plunge them into ice-cold water to stop them from overcooking and keep them nice and bright green. Drain and pat dry with paper towel.
  • Add the avocado oil, garlic, lemon juice, and zest to the saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the beans to the oil; season to taste and toss to coat. Remove from the heat. Divide between serving plates or platter and serve topped with nuts and feta.

THERMAL METHOD GREEN BEANS

  • Pour 500g of water into the mixer. Place the green beans into the steamer dish and lock into place; steam 6-10 min/120°C/speed 1 until the beans are cooked to your liking. Transfer to a colander and cover in ice to stop the beans from overcooking.
  • Add the avocado oil, garlic, lemon juice, and zest to the saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the beans to the oil; season to taste and toss to coat. Remove from the heat. Divide between serving plates or platter and serve topped with nuts and feta.

Notes

AIR FRYER TIPS
Always check the manufactures instructions on operating your model of air fryer.
Do not place the air fryer on any wood cutting boards or anything flammable.
Preheat for 3-5 minutes to heat the element for even cooking.
Do not use aerosols for greasing the basket. I prefer to oil the foods, but otherwise use a little olive or avocado oil in the basket.
BLANCHING
Blanch the beans in boiling water, steam or pan-fry; the choice is yours. Using an ice bath retards the cooking process and keeps the beans bright in colour and al dente. They are just as delicious cold as they are warm.
STORAGE
Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days.
REHEATING
Reheat any beans in the microwave or air fryer until warmed through.
FREEZING GREEN BEANS
Freeze the beans preferably before frying but otherwise, they can be frozen after cooking. To reheat; defrost overnight and gently heat in a pan or microwave.

Your Own Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 386IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg | Magnesium: 22mg | Net Carbs: 3g
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Megan Ellam is an Australian keto recipes blogger and author of amazing keto cookbooks such as Keto Mojo, Slow Cook KetoKeto LocoThe Healthy Family Keto Cookbook and Every Day Keto.

Megan has been following a ketogenic diet since being diagnosed with insulin resistance in early 2017.

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